See down below everything Pretty Boy Aaron had to say for his GGT interview!
Bro. When is the album going to drop? Ha-ha I’m just messing with you (no but really).
I remember listening to “Go” and immediately being like damn this guy has some serious talent. The thing is that track is mostly hip-hop based, since that track dropped you have evolved your sound into something that seems to be a hybrid between not only hip-hop, but indie rock and pop. How did that evolution come to be?
Pretty Boy Aaron: I’ve always have made hip-hop music, like my first beats I’ve ever made were on some Kanye soul-sample type of shit. One thing though, is that I’ve always had a love for Indie Rock and newer R&B/Soul music, so I eventually came to a point where I wanted to learn how to make that type of music and then I just added rapping into it because I’m not the best singer. I’ve gotten to a place now where I’ve found a good median of singing and rapping for songs, but that took a lot of trial and error.
When did you first start making music man? Whose style would you say your music is the most similar to?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “Growing up, I’ve wanted to make music, but I just never had the means to actually do it. During my senior year of high school though, I was in rap group called Hooligan Island with some of my other friends. While in the group, I learned how to record vocals to beats, so I would say that’s when I started. Around that time as well, I started to learn how to produce beats, but I didn’t start to take it seriously until I met my friend Trey (BRUHNICE) during my freshman year of college.
My music is definitely most similar to artist such as Tyler, the Creator, Childish Gambino, BROCKHAMPTON, Pharrell, Mac Miller, etc. It’s just a lot of artists that dabble in different genres, but have a main core in rap music.”
How did you come up with the name Pretty Boy Aaron?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “Before PBA, I used to go by Brotha Man and I really wanted an artist name that had my actual name in it. For a class project, I made a video for a song that was kind of a remix of “Heartthrob” by Father. In the song he says, “pretty black heartthrob” and I say “pretty boy heartthrob”. Eventually, I ended up making a remix of my remix and I just kept looping my vocals to say “pretty boy” and I just loved how it sounded. So, I thought it would be cool if I my artist name was Pretty Boy Aaron.”
Who is Pretty Boy Aaron?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “A 24, almost 25, year old artist from Dallas, TX. He makes borderline bedroom pop rap and eats too much Cane’s.”
What has been the best experience you’ve had so far in the music industry? Why is it the best?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “I love going on tours and traveling with my friends to be honest. Going to new places is super enjoyable for me and being able to do it with friends is a blessing. Like the last TX tour with Luna Luna was super fun. Also, the post-show meet ups are always my favorite parts, whether it is going to grab food or going to go chill at someone’s house.”
If you could say four words to any person in the music industry what would you say and to who?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “This may sound like an obvious answer, but I would love to talk to Tyler, the Creator and ask him, “What keeps you going?” He’s one of my biggest inspirations in not just music, but in just everything I do. One day, I would love to just talk to him about things within the industry because he’s made it, but he’s still learning as well.”
Parents sometimes can be skeptical when one tells them that they want a career in music? How have your parents responded? Have you told them? If not, why?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “All my life, my parents have been super supportive in what I do, so I do appreciate them for that. With music though, they were both at first super iffy about it at first. Especially after my first EP, my parents wanted me to be more wise with what I was making because they didn’t want me to put any negativity into the world. Unfortunately, my mom passed before my music started to get to where it’s at now, but I did show her “Go” and she liked the direction I was headed into. My dad on the other hand is like crazy supportive during this new era of music. He LOVES “Comb My Hair” and he shows everyone he knows it. He tells me all the time that he’s glad my new music is positive and that it’s super accessible.”
You don’t drop music often, but when you do you go all out. Is this part of your plan? What’s your thought process when it comes to picking what music to drop?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “It’s kind of part of a plan, but not really. Like I enjoy dropping music, but I work super slow on things just because I like to take my time and not rush. When I’m working on music, I’ll have 2-3 songs to choose from that could be completed, but I usually just try to finish and release the one I have the strongest connection to at the time. Also, when I make songs, I assign them a role off the bat. So, I’ll be like “Oh, this one has to be the closer for the album” or “Dang, this would be a great interlude.” Only certain songs that I make work as a singles, so I’ll usually release those first.”
You are super creative when promoting your music and it pays off. It seems everything you drop only gets more attention than your previous drop. What advice would you give to other underground artists when it comes to promo?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “Don’t try to force things. For sure, you can pay someone and they’ll post your song or tweet it, but those types of promotions always come off corny and not genuine to me. Also, if your song is good enough and you’re presenting the right branding, it will reach the right people. It doesn’t matter what genre or image you and your music have, as long as it’s genuine, a group of people will come and relate to it.”
Now finally…Should people stream Comb My Hair?
Pretty Boy Aaron: “Yes, of course. Stream it so Trey, Tesia, and I can go on tour with Taylor Swift.”
We want to give a massive thank you to Pretty Boy Aaron for doing this interview. Make sure you checkout what he’s cooking and most importantly stream his latest single “Comb My Hair” (Feat. Bruhnice, Tesia) down below.
Check out Pretty Boy Aaron on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AaronIsPretty
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